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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader$
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Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082679

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.001.0001

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Adventures in Common

Adventures in Common

Investing with Woolfs and “Securitas”1

Chapter:
(p.205) Adventures in Common
Source:
Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader
Author(s):

Diane F. Gillespie

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.003.0025

This chapter first describes an investment club formed by a group of faculty women at Washington State University in 1997 known as “Pleiades.” The club's aim was less to make money than to learn about stocks and market cycles. The members made monthly contributions of $30 and motivated each other to research stocks. The discussion then turns to a book on investing Adventures in Investing (1936) by “Securitas,” pen name for C. Patrick Thompson, financial editor of Time and Tide. The remainder of the chapter deals with how both Leonard and Virginia were common investors, Leonard actively and Virginia passively, but perhaps with more knowledge than assumed. It concludes by asking whether the club can avoid the inherent ethical contradictions of investing and capitalism, as Leonard and Virginia Woolf did.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, financial union, common wealth, investment club, Washington State University, C. Patrick Thompson, common investors, Leonard Woolf

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